1 inside i-guidetm user reference manual
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3 welcome to i-guide Introducing the interactive program guide from Rovi and your cable system. i-guide is intuitive, intelligent and inspiring. It unlocks a world of greater choice, convenience and control so you can fully enjoy your digital cable entertainment experience. With Digital Cable, you have more programming choices than ever before. And with i-guide, you can effortlessly find your favorite shows and stars on TV you re in control. With 90-minutes of program listings at a glance, you ll find i-guide easy to use and navigate. The Quick Menu allows you to move easily to the programming and information you want. You ll be able to easily set Recordings, Reminders, Favorites and Parental Controls. Use Mini Guide to browse future listings while you continue to enjoy watching TV. This manual provides you with the detailed information about important features in i-guide so you can get started enjoying your digital cable experience. 1
4 table of contents table of contents 2 welcome to i-guide 1 table of contents 2 3 basic navigation tips 4 your access to digital cable 5 8 Listings By Time 5 Listings By Channel 5 Navigate Program Listings 5 Quick Menu 6 Quick Menu Icons 6 Main Menu 6 Program Information 7 Action Icons 7 Reminders 8 Setting Reminders 8 Reminder Settings 8 search 9 Search 9 Title Search 9 Saving Searches 9 smart channel surfing Flip Bar 10 Mini Guide (Browse) 10 Digital Music 11 Access Digital Music 11 Local Weather 11 Messages 11 parental controls Parental Controls Setup 12 Parental Controls for On Demand 14 View Locked Programs 14 Bypass or Clear Locks 14 Restore Locks 14 favorites Favorites Lists Setup 15 Access Favorites Lists 16 Add or Delete Channels to Favorites Lists 16 setup Guide Setup 17 Cable Box Setup 17 Audio Setup 18 Text Language Setup 18 Screen Saver 19 Parental Controls and Purchase PINs Setup 19 Guide Colors 19 Screen Position Setup 19 DVR Setup 19 digital pay-per-view Order Pay-Per-View 20 PPV Information Screens 20 Order Pay-Per-View By Phone 21 Order Pay-Per-View Packages 21 Cancel a Pay-Per-View Order 21
5 Pay-Per-View Notices 22 Pay-Per-View Program Started 22 Pay-Per-View Order Conflict 22 Pay-Per-View Program Missed 22 Adult Programming 22 on demand Access On Demand 23 On Demand Action Icons 23 Watch On Demand Programs 23 Order On Demand Programs 24 Order From the On Demand Preview Banner 24 Expiring Programs Display 24 Status Bar 25 On Demand Packages 25 hdtv 26 digital video recorder (dvr) Control Live TV 27 Playback Controls 27 Remote Control Arrow Buttons 27 Status Bar 27 Pause 28 Rewind 28 Fast Forward 28 Slow Motion 28 Instant Replay 29 Return to Live TV 29 SWAP Between Two Programs 29 Recording Programs 29 One-touch Recording 29 From Program Information 30 Manual Recording 30 Record Two Programs at Once 30 Two Recordings Are in Progress Overlay 31 Manage Schedule Conflicts 31 Search and Record 31 Actor/Director Search 31 Keyword Search 32 Saving Searches 32 Recording Series 32 Modify Series 33 Modify the Series Priority List 33 Manage Series Priorities 34 Manage Series Priority List 34 View Recorded Programs 34 Recorded Program Information Screens 34 Future Recordings 35 View List of Scheduled Recordings 35 Manage Your Recordings 35 DVR Setup 35 DVR Folders 36 Live Program Notice Default On 36 DVR Clipping 36 Manage Series Priorities 36 DVR Cleanup 37 DVR History 37 Modify Recording Options 37 From Listings 38 Recording Notices 39 Recording Starting Notice 39 Changing Channels While Recording 39 Recording Low and Full Notices 39 frequently asked questions table of contents 3
6 basic navigation tips In i-guide, yellow is the highlight color. To navigate the guide, use the arrows on your remote control. The highlight appears on-screen to indicate your current selection. Press buttons on your remote to move the highlight. Press OK/Select to confirm your selection. Press EXIT on your remote to return to watching TV. basic navigation tips 4
7 your access to digital cable Your remote control holds the key to navigating through the features of i-guide. Words appearing in ALL CAPS refer to a specific button on the remote. Note that all remotes may not have all of the buttons. Listings By Time To find out what s on TV right now, press GUIDE on your remote to access Listings By Time. The listings grid provides a 90-minute view of programming for up to 5 channels per screen. The current program is highlighted in yellow. Use the and buttons to navigate the listings grid. Instant program info appears in the upper left of the screen. Press OK/Select to tune to a program from the grid. Press INFO for additional information. Listings By Channel Press GUIDE two times to view Listings By Channel and use the buttons to see listings for the next channel in the line-up. Use buttons to navigate. your access to digital cable Navigate Program Listings You can use the and buttons on your remote to quickly navigate the listings screens up to 14 days in advance. Press OK/Select to tune to that channel or INFO for more information. Listings are color-coded to identify types of programs. Blue Regular programs Purple Movies Green Sports Light Blue Kids programs For faster searching Use the PAGE buttons to view listings a page at a time Press and hold or to rapidly move ahead in time or through the channel lineup Press the DAY + - buttons to advance ahead a day at a time 5
8 Quick Menu The Quick Menu* provides shortcuts directly to the key features of i-guide and digital cable service. Press the MENU button one time and the Quick Menu will appear over any video or guide screen. Press the buttons on the remote to continuously move through the icons. Guide Symbols to Know Quick Menu Icons These icons may appear on your Quick Menu. Use the buttons on your remote to highlight and select an icon for immediate access. your access to digital cable Main Menu go to the Main Menu DVR schedule, view and manage recordings On Demand view On Demand menu and programs HDTV view list of HDTV programs, by channel or time Favorites view your Favorites lists Search search programming by category or by Title, Actor/Director or Keyword Movies lists movies by category Sports lists sports events by category Kids lists kids programming by category Parental Controls lock shows or channels based on preferences Main Menu The Main Menu* provides access to all of the features of i-guide and digital cable. Press the MENU button twice to view the available options, including: TV Listings By Time Search Favorites Parental Controls and more The Picture in Guide feature allows you to watch a show while using the guide.** 6 * Menu selections vary depending on services offered by your cable provider. ** May not be supported by all set-top boxes.
9 Program Information Instant Information is available when you highlight a program in the program listings, which includes program title, start and end time, a brief program description, and indicators to identify settings such as Reminders and Recordings. your access to digital cable To access information while viewing listings or watching TV, press the INFO button. Press INFO a second time to see a longer description and additional details such as actor, rating, release year, category and run time. Action Icons From the program information screen use the Action Icons to set a Reminder or Recording, or designate a Favorite among other options. Use buttons to highlight each icon and see the on-screen description. Guide Symbols to Know Action Icons Go back to the previous screen Record/Change Recording Options* (DVR) Set or cancel a Reminder for this program See all the times the program will be airing Watch this channel or program Save the channel in your Favorites list Place a lock on the program to restrict viewing Order PPV, On Demand and other pay services * Menu selections vary depending on services offered by your cable provider. 7
10 Reminders You can set Reminders so you don t miss shows you want to watch. Setting Reminders From the Program Info screen, highlight the icon and press OK/Select. Follow the on screen prompts to confirm the Reminder or Reminder Settings. your access to digital cable Reminder Settings Customize the frequency and timings for Reminders. Use the buttons to set repeating Reminders Determine Start and End time for the Reminder to appear on-screen up to 15 minutes prior to the program starting and up to two hours after the program is over When you set a Reminder, you have the option of bypassing Locks* if they are placed on the program, so you can tune directly to the program without having to enter your Locks PIN (see Parental Controls section for more information). 8 8 * This option appears only if you have already set a Lock for that program.
11 search Search i-guide provides you many ways to find your favorite shows. Select from the Quick Menu or Search from the Main Menu to begin. Quickly search programs by Title, or search by category like Movies, Sports or Kids programs or view HD and PPV channels. If you have a DVR, you can quickly search by Keyword or Actor/Director. See Search and Record in the DVR section for more information. Title Search Title Search allows you to find a specific program by entering the first few letters of the program name. search Select Title from the Search menu and use the buttons to navigate the keyboard and spell out the program title. Continue entering letters until the show you are looking for appears on the right. If the program is not airing in the next 14 days, it won t appear on the list. Saving Searches Save your search by selecting Save Search. Saving searches can be helpful when you want to quickly find a program. Simply select Saved Searches from the Search Menu to access your list of saved searches to restart or delete the search. You can save up to 16 searches at one time. 9
12 smart channel surfing Flip Bar When you change channels, the Flip Bar appears and provides a brief two line description about the program and other information including title, start and end time, channel, current time, program rating and settings such as Favorites or Locks. When you find the program you are interested in, press INFO for more program details, or press OK/Select to make the Flip Bar disappear. smart channel surfing The Flip Bar may also show other options: Watch in HD* When tuning to a standard definition channel, this button may appear on the left side of the Flip Bar to indicate the channel is also available in High-Definition. Press OK/Select to tune directly to the associated HD channel. On Demand* Some channels may have programming available On Demand. If so, the On Demand button may appear on the left side of the Flip Bar. Highlight the On Demand button to access On Demand programming for that network. Mini Guide (Browse) The Mini Guide allows you to watch television and view program listings without leaving the program you are watching or going to the full-screen guide. To access Mini Guide, press OK/Select. Mini Guide appears on the lower 1/3 of the screen and displays two or three channels and 90 minutes of listings at a time. Use the arrows to see listings on other channels and the arrows to see listings at other times. At any time, press INFO or OK/Select to access program info. The default setting for Mini Guide is a 2-channel display. To change the display, go to Main Menu, select Setup, then Guide Setup and change Mini Guide Cell Height. 10 * Requires HD service from your cable provider. On Demand not available in all areas.
13 Digital Music Digital Music is continuous, commercial-free music in a variety of formats. Access Digital Music* Select Digital Music from the Main Menu or Search Menu Press the MUSIC button on the remote (if available) You can press INFO for more information on each category. Select a music format and enjoy the music. Local Weather Get accurate, up-to-date local weather conditions and a 3-day forecast. From the Main Menu, highlight Local Weather and press OK/Select. Use the down arrow button to see a detailed local weather forecast. Note: Weather service not available for all locations. Messages Messages may be sent occasionally by your cable company to announce new services, special promotions or other information. If you have a Message, an envelope indicator will appear in the upper left corner on guide screens and a red light will appear on your set-top box. From the Main Menu, select Messages, highlight the desired Message and press OK/Select to read. smart channel surfing *Digital Music may not be available on all menu configurations. 11
14 parental controls i-guide provides a Parental Controls feature, which allows you to restrict viewing and purchases of TV programs and services based on your viewing preferences. To activate Parental Controls set a personalized 4-digit PIN to place Locks by movie ratings, TV and content ratings, channels or titles. You can also hide adult titles from being displayed on-screen. Parental Controls Setup Locks can be set quickly in a variety of ways anytime while watching TV or using the guide: Press the Lock button on your remote* Select the from the Quick Menu Select the from any program info screen to lock a specific program Access Parental Controls from the Main Menu or Setup Menu to set up all Locks parental controls Quick Menu Program Info Main Menu With any of these actions, if you have not set up a PIN, you will be prompted to enter a 4-digit PIN to activate the Locks feature. If you have already set up a PIN, enter your number. (See Setup Section for more information on how to set up PINs). PIN Setup Lock Options 12 *Not supported on all remotes.
15 The Parental Controls feature also provides you the opportunity to lock programs and movies by ratings and content. From the Parental Controls Button on the Main Menu filter your locks by Movie Rating, TV Rating, TV Content, Channel, Title, or Service. Under TV Content, you can lock the level of explicit content based on your viewing preferences for Violence, Language, Sexual Situations, and Suggestive Dialogue. Select Movie Ratings or TV Ratings to block content by rating. The guide will automatically lock that rating and the more restrictive ratings. For example, when you lock PG-13, movies with R, NC-17 and Adult ratings will also be locked. parental controls MOVIE RATINGS G PG PG-13 R NC-17 Adult TV RATINGS TV-Y TV-Y7 G TV-PG TV-14 TV-MA TV CONTENT RATINGS Violence Language Sexual Situations Suggestive Dialogue (FV, V) (L) (S) (D) Fantasy Violence Moderate Violence Infrequent Coarse Some Sexual Situations Some Suggestive Dialogue Intense Violence Strong Coarse Intense Sexual Situations Intensely Suggestive Dialogue Graphic Violence Crude Indecent Explicit Sexual Activity 13
16 Parental Controls for On Demand Parental Control settings include On Demand programming. To block all access to On Demand, select Service Locks from the Parental Controls Menu. View Locked Programs To view programs and channels you have locked, enter your PIN when prompted. Locks will automatically be restored when you tune away from the channel or turn your set-top box off. parental controls Bypass or Clear Locks Temporarily open or clear all Locks for easier viewing. Under Setup from the Main Menu, select Parental Controls Setup, then Master Locks, and change the options from No to Yes. Restore Locks Locks may be restored in any of the following ways: While watching TV, press the LOCK button anytime and enter your PIN Select Parental Controls Setup from the Setup Menu, then under Master Locks change the options from Yes to No to turn Locks back on Turn the set-top box off and back on 14
17 favorites The Favorites feature allows you to quickly access channels you and your family have designated as Favorites. Favorites Lists Setup Create and manage up to five (5) Favorites Lists. From the Main Menu, select Setup, then Favorites Lists Setup. Use your on screen keyboard to name your lists. favorites 15
18 Access Favorites Lists While watching TV, press the FAV button to skip to your next Favorite channel on the current list From TV Listings or Mini Guide, press the FAV button to bring up a filtered guide of the channels in your last accessed list. Press FAV button again to scroll through all of your Favorites Lists the guide will have a tab with each list s name From the Quick Menu select the to bring up your Favorites Lists. If you have not yet set up any Favorites, simply follow the on-screen prompts to begin a new list favorites Add or Delete Channels to Favorites Lists From the Quick Menu select the Icon Select the Favorites List you want to edit Select the Icon to add or remove favorite channels You can also rename, delete, or Lock your Favorites list Highlight a channel in the listings and press OK/Select or FAV to add to your favorites a Icon will appear; Or, to remove the channel, press OK/Select or FAV and they will be removed Press the Icon to confirm your Favorites channel settings 16
19 setup From the Setup Menu, you can activate and customize certain i-guide features such as the Flip Bar, Parental Control options, Cable Box settings, Audio settings, Languages and more. Guide Setup Flip Bar Position Flip Bar can appear on top or bottom of screen default is bottom Flip Bar Timeout Flip Bar will stay on your screen, from 2 to 15 seconds default is 3 seconds Channel Entry: Yes automatically tunes to a channel after 2 seconds when entering channel number from your remote default is Yes No you must enter 3 digits or press OK/Select when entering channel number from your remote Reminder Time Adjust the amount of time the Reminder Notice will appear before the start of a program, from 1 15 minutes default is one minute Grid Cell Height Adjust the listings grid for single- or double-height grid display Mini Guide Cell Height Adjust the listings display for single (3 channels) or double (2 channels) Message Indicator Select On to make the message envelope appear when a new message is received setup Cable Box Setup Front LED Display Current Channel displays the currently tuned channel on the front of the cable box Current Time displays the current time on the front of the cable box AC Outlet Switched Determines that power is available only when the cable box is on Unswitched Allows the power to remain constant to the outlet on the back of the cable box Configuration Highlight and press OK/Select to show the configuration screen, which includes information your cable company may need in the event of a problem with your service. 17
20 Audio Setup Default Audio Track Secondary digital audio can be changed on certain networks and programs. Note that the default audio track will be set to Channel Default, or primary audio, which in most cases is English. You can change the default language to English, Spanish, French, or Portuguese. Descriptive Video Services (DVS)* Descriptive Video Service (DVS) is an alternative audio channel which makes television more accessible to the visually impaired by providing narrated descriptions of key visual elements within a program, such as actions, subtitles, scene changes, graphics, and body language. Default setting is Off. Audio Output Choose if the audio output goes to your TV or to your stereo. TV Speaker default setting Select Advanced to change the settings for Compression and Stereo Output Optimal Stereo No Volume is unchanged from the current setting Yes Volume is automatically adjusted to the optimal level Text Language Setup Access the Text Language Setup from the Setup Menu to independently select language setting for the menu text. The default setting is English in most cases. Change the default language to English, Spanish, Canadian English or Canadian French. setup From the Setup Menu, select Text Language Setup. Choose the preferred language for the on-screen menus within i-guide. Select Yes to confirm. Note: Changing the language can take several minutes. During this time, listings are not accessible. 18 *For Canadian cable providers only.
21 Screen Saver A Screen Saver can be activated on your TV screen. Once the Screen Saver is set to On it will automatically engage if a guide screen is displayed for longer than the set activation time. The default is set to On. From the Setup Menu select Screen Saver to change the settings The activation time is between 1-15 minutes Parental Controls and Purchase PINs Setup Your Parental Controls PIN allows you to restrict viewing of programs. Your Purchase PIN is used to restrict pay programming purchases. Once you have setup your PINs, you can return to Parental Controls Setup to set up your program Locks as reviewed in the Parental Controls section. Use the buttons to make your selections, and then press OK/Select to confirm each setting. Guide Colors (if available) Select to change the color scheme of i-guide. Screen Position Setup To alter your screen position: From the Setup Menu, select Screen Position Setup to adjust the screen position Use the buttons on your remote until the display arrows are centered on the screen setup DVR Setup Select DVR Setup to manage: DVR Folders Live Program Extension DVR Clippings The default setting is On for these options. See the DVR section for complete information about these settings. 19
22 digital pay-per-view i-guide makes ordering and watching Pay-Per-View (PPV) programs easy. Order Pay-Per-View From the Main Menu and Quick Menu, select PPV to go to the PPV Menu. Then select any of the PPV options to see programs available in a variety of categories. When you find a program of interest, highlight the title and press OK/Select for the information screen. Guide Symbols to Know PPV Information Screens digital payper-view Go back to the previous screen Order the program, or cancel an ordered program Set Recording Timers (Requires separate VCR Setup or use of Digital Video Recorder) Place a Lock on the program to restrict viewing See all the times the program will be airing Save this channel in your Favorites list Indicates the program is available as part of a package Set or cancel a Reminder 20
23 Order Pay-Per-View By Phone If your cable provider offers phone ordering, the order instructions appear on-screen when you select. Simply call the number to place your order. Then select Continue to complete your order. Order Pay-Per-View Packages Your cable service may offer programs in a package by title, time block, etc. Select the title from the listings and a Icon will appear if the program is part of a package. Cancel a Pay-Per-View Order To cancel a PPV order before the program starts: Select the ordered program in any of the listings menus (there will be a $ sign in the Instant Information) From the information screen, select the Icon and follow the prompts to cancel the order digital payper-view Note: In some cable systems, your order will automatically be canceled if you do not tune to the program. In systems that use phone ordering, you will need to call in your cancellation. Please check with your cable provider for the correct PPV cancellation procedure. 21
24 Pay-Per-View Notices Notices associated with your PPV order appear at various times to alert you to the status of your ordered program. Pay-Per-View Program Started A Program Started overlay will appear if you try to order a PPV program that is in progress but is within the purchase window. You may proceed with the order, but you may miss a portion of the program. Note: The purchase window is established by your cable provider. Pay-Per-View Order Conflict When you order a PPV program that airs at the same time as an existing PPV order, you will be alerted on-screen with the option to cancel an order or keep both orders. Pay-Per-View Program Missed If you have ordered a PPV program but didn t tune to it, a Program Missed notice will appear asking if you would like to reschedule your order. digital payper-view Note: This screen will not appear in systems that use phone ordering. Adult Programming The Adult category, accessed from the Pay-Per-View menu, provides access to listings for adult-oriented programming. Adult programming may be purchased as a single program or as a time-block package, depending on your cable provider s service. For your convenience, you may also restrict Adult titles from being viewed in the listings by setting Parental Controls. See Parental Controls section for more information. 21
25 on demand Enjoy movies, TV shows, music videos, and more whenever you want with On Demand*. Access On Demand You can access On Demand programs in several ways: From the ON DEMAND button on your remote From the Icon on the Quick Menu From the Main Menu From an On Demand button on the Flip Bar From an On Demand channel in the TV Listings Quick Menu Main Menu Flip Bar Guide Symbols to Know On Demand Action Icons Go back to the previous screen Order the program, or cancel an ordered program Tune to a program (for free and subscription programming) Watch a free preview Place a Lock on the program to restrict viewing Resume play of the video Restart the video from the beginning Delete the title from your rented titles list Indicates the program is available as part of a package Cancel selection Use the PAGE UP and PAGE DOWN buttons to advance forward or backward 5 minutes. Times may vary. on demand Play / Pause Watch On Demand Programs Use your remote to pause, fast-forward, rewind, and stop the program. You may also use the DVR control buttons on your remote. Rewind Fast Forward *On Demand not available in all areas. On Demand programs may not be recorded with DVR (if available). Stop 23
26 Order On Demand Programs The On Demand Menu displays a variety of programming categories. Use the buttons on your remote to select a category and press OK/Select to access listings for the category, or press access sub-category menus.* Select a title by pressing OK/Select or INFO to access detailed information, including program length, cost, rating, and description. Order From the On Demand Preview Banner Use the Icon from the On Demand preview banner to easily purchase while watching the preview. Select the Icon and press OK/Select to order the On Demand program Select the Icon and press OK/Select to return to the On Demand information screen To buy the program, highlight the Icon, and follow the on-screen prompts to complete your order. If the program is available at no cost,** the Icon will appear instead of the Icon. Your selection will begin playing immediately and you can watch as often as you want during the rental period. on demand Expiring Programs Display On Demand programs with a specified expiration date in the list, e.g., Ends 8/12. Programs without a specific end date will be denoted as LC or Last Chance. 24 * Menu label and categories vary by cable provider. ** May not be available in all areas.
27 Status Bar The On Demand Status Bar displays when you press PLAY, PAUSE, REWIND, FAST FORWARD or STOP on your remote and indicates where you are in the program that is playing. If you have stopped a program and want to come back to it later, select My Rentals* from the On Demand Menu. Highlight and select a title to see the information screen that displays your remaining rental time and other program details Select to start watching where you left off or select to start the program from the beginning Watch as many times as you want within the rental period On Demand Packages Some programs may be available as part of a package. If a program is available in a package, or available with a subscription service, a notice will appear on your screen. You can select: Icon to continue with the purchase, Icon to learn more about the package or Icon to cancel. Note: Some On Demand programs that are free or part of a subscription may not appear on the My Rentals list. These programs can be accessed at any time from the On Demand listings. on demand *Menu label varies by cable system. 25
28 hdtv If you have a high-definition television (HDTV) and subscribe to HD service through your cable provider, then you have the opportunity to enjoy your favorite shows, sports, and events in a wide-screen, high-resolution format. To quickly access HD programming: From Quick Menu select to view shows by Time or Channel or to view a list of all HD channels Select HDTV from the Main Menu From the Flip Bar, when tuned to a Standard Definition channel and there is an HD channel equivalent, a Watch in HD button will appear on the Flip Bar. Simply press OK/Select to tune directly to the associated HD channel hdtv If you don t subscribe to HD service and you tune to an HD channel, you will be notified that the channel is not available. Contact your cable provider for information on HD service.* 26 *You must have HD equipment to view HD programming.
29 digital video recorder (dvr) Pause live television! Rewind and replay programs so you don t miss a beat. Imagine coming home to your own personal library of television programs, movies and sports that you can watch whenever it s convenient for you. It s TV on your schedule. Record up to 90 hours of your favorite programs and view them as many times as you want, whenever you want. Control Live TV With a Digital Video Recorder (DVR) from your cable provider, you have the opportunity to control live TV. When you tune to a channel, the DVR automatically begins making a temporary recording of the program. Once the temporary recording begins, you can Pause, Rewind and Fast Forward through the recording. Your DVR will record up to two hours of Live TV.* The live TV recording is not permanent, unless you save it to the DVR s hard drive. For live TV recordings, the temporary recording will be erased if you: Turn off the DVR Change channels Watch more than 2 hours of the same channel after 2 hours the DVR will buffer only the most recent 2 hours Playback Controls You can play back your video recordings using the Video Control Buttons. Rewind Stop Replay Play These buttons function like VCR controls. Plus, you have new DVR control features, like Instant Replay and SWAP. Fast Forward Record Go back to Live TV Pause Go to DVR Menu Play / Pause Remote Control Arrow Buttons The buttons on your remote control will control playback when you are watching a recording in progress or while watching a recorded program. Rewind Slow Rewind From Pause Fast Forward Slow Forward From Pause Go to Live TV Status Bar The Status Bar appears whenever you Pause, Rewind or Fast Forward a live program. The Status Bar shows title, channel and duration of time. Green indicates the length of program in the buffer. Red indicates you are watching a DVR recording in progress. White indicates the length of multiple programs that have been recorded in the buffer.** dvr * Recording capacity varies. ** Recording buffer (temporary storage) for each tuner will record as long as you stay tuned to the same channel. 27
30 Pause You can Pause live TV anytime by pressing on your remote. For programs you re watching live, your DVR will remain in pause for up to 90 minutes.* Pressing Pause more than once allows frame by frame viewing. Press Play to resume the program. LIVE LIVE LIVE Rewind Press Rewind to rewind. Press it up to 4 times to increase Rewind speed. On the 5th press, the program resumes normal play. LIVE Fast Forward For live TV, Fast Forward can be activated if you have pressed Pause or Rewind. Press the to move forward. Press it up to 4 times to increase FF speed. On the 5th press, the program resumes LIVE normal play. You can only Fast Forward up to the point of live broadcast. Slow Motion Use Slow Motion to access slow-forward and slow-rewind perfect when watching sporting events. dvr To activate, press Pause, then Fast Forward or Pause then Rewind. Press Play to resume regular program speed. LIVE LIVE LIVE LIVE 28 LIVE *Pause capacity depends on video format; less than two hours for HD programming.
31 Instant Replay With Instant Replay,* you can replay the last 15 seconds of a program. Press Replay or Page on the remote. Press repeatedly to continue skipping LIVE back in 15-second increments. Return to Live TV When you pause or rewind a live program, the program continues to broadcast in real time. To return to live LIVE show, press the Live* button or on your remote. SWAP Between Two Programs If your DVR has two tuners, it can buffer (temporarily record) two programs at the same time one on each tuner. The SWAP feature allows you toggle back and forth between two live shows while giving you control of both. If you change channels any other way than using the SWAP button, you will lose the buffer recording. 1. While tuned to a program, press SWAP on your remote to change tuners 2. Select a second program by changing channels or using the guide 3. Press SWAP again to toggle between the two programs 4. When recording two programs at the same time, on-screen prompts will ask if you wish to swap tuners. Select your desired recording preference Recording Programs i-guide makes it easy to schedule recordings on your DVR and build your own personal library. You can record programs in several LIVE ways: One-touch right from the on your remote From any Program Info screen Set a manual recording LIVE One-touch Recording Press the RECORD on your remote any time while you re watching a program to begin recording. From the Listings grid, just highlight the show you want to record and press the record button on your remote. dvr *Not all remotes have Replay and Live buttons. 29
32 From Program Information From any Program Information screen, highlight the button and press OK/Select to schedule a recording. Follow the on-screen prompts for additional recording options. Manual Recording You can set a Manual Recording for specific time or channel: Select DVR from the Quick Menu or Main Menu, or My DVR button on your remote Select Set a Recording Select start and end times and day, then press Confirm Select channel to record from channel list Select Record to confirm settings or select Recording Options for additional options Record Two Programs at Once A Dual Tuner DVR allows you to set recordings for two different programs that air at the same time. While recording two programs, you can watch and control either program up to the point of live TV by using the SWAP button on your remote. While Watching a Show Currently Airing Press RECORD to record the program you are watching Press SWAP to switch to the other tuner and find the second program you want to record Press RECORD when you locate the second program you want to record dvr From the Guide Highlight a program you want to record from any listings screen Press RECORD to set up the first recording Highlight the second program Press RECORD to set up the second recording 30
33 Two Recordings Are in Progress Overlay When two programs are recording simultaneously and you change channels, an overlay will appear. Follow the on screen prompts: Swap to view your other recording Continue recording, don t change channel Stop recording change channel (this appears when 2 recordings in progress and want to tune to another channel) Manage Schedule Conflicts If you schedule more than two recordings for the same time, you will see a Scheduling Conflict screen that allows you to choose between a previously set recording and the new recording that is conflicting. Individual recordings always take priority over series recordings when there are scheduling conflicts. In case of a scheduling conflict between two series programs, additional icons will appear at the bottom of the Scheduling Conflict screen to help you determine which program to record. Search and Record Expanded search and record capabilities make it easy to find your favorite shows, celebrities or even subject on TV and schedule auto-recordings based on your search criteria. Actor/Director Search Actor/Director Search allows you to find your favorite celebrities appearing on TV. Select Actor/Director from the Search Menu and use the buttons to navigate the keyboard to spell out the celebrity name up to 25 characters. The list of available actors will begin to populate as soon you begin to enter letters, and the list will narrow as additional characters are entered. Once you see the celebrity you want, arrow right and press OK/Select to view programs that meet your search criteria. The list can be sorted by date or alphabetically by selecting the Sort Results button on the left side of the screen. If you don t see your celebrity on the list, that means that there are no upcoming programming available. Save this search for quick access later. 31 dvr
34 Keyword Search Select Keyword from the Search Menu and use the buttons to navigate the keyboard to spell out your keyword. Select Search Now to begin the search and the list of matching results will appear. The Keyword Search is based on any word in the program title or description. The list can be sorted by date or alphabetically by selecting Sort Results. Save the search criteria or set up an auto-recording. Saving Searches Save your search by selecting Save Search on any results screen. Saving searches can be helpful when you want to quickly find a program, subject or celebrity. Simply select Saved Searches from the Search Menu to access your list of saved searches to restart or delete the search. You can save up to 16 searches at one time. From any Search Results screen you can: Sort Results sort results by title or date Save Search save your search for future reference (save up to 16 searches) Auto-Record set a DVR auto-recording of your search results Recording Series Your DVR allows you to record multiple episodes of a program (series) according to your preferences. To set up a Series Recording, begin by selecting the program from the Listings grid or from a Search results list: dvr 32 Select Record from the Program Info screen Select Set Up a Series Recording Select the type of episode to record, such as First run only episodes Specify how many recordings to save Specify how long to save the recording To access advanced series set up features, like add minutes to the start and end times and specify which channels to record, select the Recording Options to review all options
35 Your Series Recordings will appear in the My Recordings list with the show title as its label. Multiple recordings of the same show will have the same label and will be listed beginning with the most recent recordings first as default. To change your view use the buttons on your remote to View By Date, View By Channel, or View By Title. You may also modify the priority assigned to a series using the Series Priority List. Modify Series From the DVR Menu select Series Recordings for a list of scheduled Series or keyword Series. From here you can change the priority of your series, or modify Series recording. To modify: Use the arrows to highlight the series, press OK/Select to view a summary of recording settings for that series including the number of episodes scheduled to record in the next 14 days Highlight the to modify settings. Select the again to view and modify all settings Highlight the to confirm Modify the Series Priority List If there are scheduling conflicts in your series recordings, your DVR automatically creates a Series Priority List. The first series you set to record has the highest priority and will be the one recorded if there is a conflict. You can easily change the recording priority of the series so that the series of your choice are recorded when a conflict exists. Select DVR from the Quick Menu or Main Menu Choose Series Recordings Highlight a program and use the Page Arrows to modify priority Note: If you want to record two series recordings instead of an individual recording that airs at the same time, you must delete the individual recording from the Scheduled Recordings List (See View List of Scheduled Recordings section to cancel a recording). dvr 33
36 Manage Series Priorities To give your new recording the highest scheduling priority and to capture the most number of episodes for your new recording, select High. The screen will show you how many episodes of the new series will be recorded and which episodes of the old series will not be recorded because of the conflict To move the new series back to the bottom of the scheduling priority list, select Low and the screen will refresh and give you revised results LIVE Select the Record Icon to confirm your new settings Guide Symbols to Know Manage Series Priority List Return to previous screen Record new program or series as shown Show conflicts when the new series is a high priority Show conflicts when the new series is a low priority Don t record new program or series View Recorded Programs From the DVR menu, select My Recordings to view your programs: Press My DVR on the remote (if available) Select from the Quick Menu Select DVR from the Main Menu Use the arrows on your remote to sort recordings by Title, Date or Channel. Use the arrows to scroll through the list and press OK/Select or INFO for program description and use the action icons to begin playback. You can control playback of a recording by using the video control buttons or arrow buttons on your remote to fast-forward, rewind and pause your program. Guide Symbols to Know Recorded Program Information Screens dvr Go back to the previous screen Play the recording Start the recording from the beginning Delete the program from My Recordings Change the Delete Priority Place a Lock on the program to restrict viewing 34
37 Future Recordings View List of Scheduled Recordings From the Main Menu or Quick Menu, Select DVR* Select Future Recordings See a list by day of all the programs you have scheduled to record; use arrows to advance by day Select a title to cancel the Scheduled Recording or modify Recording Options To give your new recording the highest scheduling priority and to capture the most number of episodes for your new recording, select High. The screen will show you how many episodes Manage Your Recordings A recorded program remains in your My Recordings list until you decide to delete it or have set it to delete when space is needed. Your DVR will record and store up to 90 hours of standard definition programming and up to 20 hours of High Definition programming.** There are several options you can choose to make the most efficient use of your storage space: i-guide gives you easy ways to manage your recordings. DVR Setup From the Quick Menu or Main Menu, select DVR to access DVR Setup to manage: DVR Folders Live Program Notice DVR Clipping The default setting is On for these options. You can also access DVR setup from the Setup Menu. dvr * Menu label may vary. ** Recording HD programming requires a DVR connection to an HD television. 35
38 DVR Folders DVR Folders help you keep recorded series organized and help you scroll through your recordings quickly. DVR Folders automatically group like titles into folders. Highlight the DVR Folders to open and scroll down to select a specific episode to watch. Press LAST to return to your recordings list. Live Program Notice Default On The notice overlay will appear when a DVR recording is scheduled for a live program, such as sports or awards shows. You can choose to extend the recording time of live programs in the event the program runs longer than scheduled. DVR Clipping i-guide provides a feature to accommodate recording two overlapping programs. With DVR Clipping, i-guide will automatically clip the beginning of a program if there is a recording overlap when both tuners are in use. For example, while watching live TV, a scheduled recorded program ends at 9:05, but your second recorded program is scheduled to begin at 9:00; the second program will be clipped so that your first program is recorded in full. Clipping happens when both tuners are in use during the recording time. If this occurs, a clipped notice will appear next to those programs in the My Recordings listings. dvr Manage Series Priorities From the DVR Menu select Series Recordings to view a list of Series and Keyword Series. Use the up/down arrows on your remote to highlight a series. If you want to change priority of a series, use the page up/down keys on your remote to move the series up or down your list. Select Confirm to confirm and accept your changes. The first series set to record has the highest priority and will be the one recorded if there is a conflict. 36
39 DVR Cleanup From the Main Menu, select DVR Menu to access DVR Cleanup. DVR Cleanup allows you to delete multiple recordings with a simple check box. When you select DVR Cleanup, a DVR Cleanup screen appears, with a list of all of your recordings. To check what recordings to delete, simply highlight the corresponding box(es), then arrow left to highlight the Delete button and press OK/Select, and confirm your deletion. DVR History DVR History provides you with a list of recent DVR deletions or missed recordings. If a program did not record, DVR History will provide a reason why the program didn t record or when a program was deleted. Modify Recording Options i-guide gives you flexibility to manage your personal video library. You can modify your Recording Options at any time, as often as you like. From the Quick Menu or Main Menu (or from MY DVR on the remote), select DVR, then select Future Recordings to see a list. Highlight a program title and press OK/Select or INFO. You can also select Series Recordings to see a list of just scheduled series. dvr 37
40 Select from the Program Information Screen. Select to change the Recording Options or select to delete this program from your list of Future Recordings. Use the buttons on your remote to change the Recording Options: Change the frequency of the recording, such as every day or once a week Specify how many recordings to save Set a Save Until parameter, either until you delete or delete automatically when space is needed Change the start and end times in order to catch every minute of a program, even if it runs over From Listings Select your Scheduled Recording in the listings; it will be indicated by the red dot in the Instant Info. Press OK/Select or INFO and select to change your options or delete the Scheduled Recording. From here, select to cancel the recording, or select to see all the Recording Options. dvr 38 38
41 Recording Notices Recording Starting Notice If you are currently watching TV, before a Scheduled Recording begins, a notice will appear giving you the opportunity to confirm or cancel the recording. If you don t do anything, the DVR will automatically tune to the channel and begin recording. Live TV programming that was temporarily recorded in the buffer will be erased. Changing Channels While Recording If two recordings are in progress* (dual-tuner DVRs only), and you attempt to change channels, a notice will appear. (Two Recordings in Progress screen) Select the to view the other recording Select the to continue recording as scheduled Select to cancel the current recording and change the channel Recording Low and Full Notices i-guide will advise you with an on-screen notice when available memory on the DVR is low or full. If recording space becomes full during a recording, the recording will stop. When you schedule a recording and recording space is low, a notice will prompt you to review your DVR Recordings to delete recordings. dvr 39
42 frequently asked questions Interactive Program Guide 1. Q. What are the icons (little pictures) at the bottom of the screen? A. Quick Menu Icons are available to help you find what you re looking for faster. The Quick Menu lets you quickly go to other areas of the guide, such as Movies or Favorites Menus. Once you have selected a program title by highlighting it and pressing OK/SELECT or INFO, you can use the Action Icons on the information screens to set Reminders and Parental Controls, schedule Recordings, BUY programs and more. 2. Q.How do I tell what the icons mean? A. You will find descriptive text beneath the row of icons when you have an icon highlighted. This information changes as you move the yellow highlight using the arrow buttons on your remote. On Program Information screens, the Action Icons are specific to the program. For example, a BUY Icon will appear only for On Demand and Pay-Per-View programs. Playback Icons will appear only for recorded programs or On Demand titles. 3. Q. I can t see the entire program title in the listings. A. Some program titles are too long to fit in the space provided in the grid. You might see to indicate there is more to the title. (For example: Third Rock from the Sun might look like Third Rock ). Highlight the program and check the Instant Information area at the top of the screen for program title and other valuable information, including rating, actors, start/end times, etc. 4. Q. What is the graphic bar that appears when I change channels? A. The Flip Bar appears for a few seconds as you re changing channels to provide important information about programs. You will find the name of the current program, start and end times, channel number, rating and current time. 5. Q. How do I get information on programs? A. i-guide provides detailed information on programs, including movies and sporting events. While in a listings screen, you can access information by pressing the INFO button on your remote. While you are tuned to a program, press INFO once for Instant Information or twice for complete information. Information includes program details like actors, ratings and a brief program synopsis. You can also set Reminders, place Parental Controls, order On Demand movies and events and see other times a program is airing. To remove the information screen and return to watching television, press the EXIT button on the remote. frequently asked questions 6. Q. What is the red light on the upper left front of my box and/or what is the envelope on the screen? A. Occasionally your cable provider may send message to let you know of new services and special promotions. To read the message, go to the Main Menu and select Messages. You can keep or delete the Message once you have opened it. 40